RAAF Base Williamtown Hawk 127 Lead-In Fighter aircraft return to the Salt Ash Air Weapons Range (SAAWR) to conduct training for fighter jet aircrew from Monday 3 February 2020.
No. 76 Squadron have scheduled four weeks of aircraft operations on the range beginning Monday 3rd February through to Friday 6th March. Operations are scheduled on weekdays only.
No. 77 Squadron F/A-18A/B Hornet aircrew will conduct training on the range between 11 - 13 March. No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (No. 2OCU) conducted their last training on SAAWR in the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets in October 2019.
Commander Air Combat Group, Air Commodore (AIRCDRE) Tim Alsop said residents living in East Medowie, Salt Ash and Lemon Tree Passage can expect the range to be used consistently throughout this period.
“Aircrew always minimise their use of the range and once proficiency has been attained they move on to the next stage of their course,’’ AIRCDRE Alsop said.
“Air Force has a responsibility to ensure personnel are ready and able to deploy at short notice and this involves necessary air to ground training conducted at SAAWR.
“Every effort is made to minimise any inconvenience to residents during SAAWR training and advised the range schedule could change at short notice due to weather or operational considerations” he said.